Dan Sheedy from Limerick Tutorial College has six videos packed with great exam-specific tips and advice for students sitting the Leaving Cert Geography Higher Level exam. Scroll down for the videos!
Dan is the head of Geography and History at Limerick Tutorial College with 20 years of experience teaching Leaving Cert Geography.
He is the author of Leaving Cert Geography – Shortcuts to Success and History in Focus - Books One and Two. Dan is an experienced Leaving Cert examiner and has devised and created Pre-Leaving Cert and Pre- Junior Cycle papers for the past 10 years.
Watch all the videos here and check out how the exam is broken down at the bottom of this article!
1. Short Questions in Regional Geography
In this video Dan addresses the various forms of short questions from regional geography that regularly appear in the leaving certificate exam. Dan discusses geomorphologic, administrative, cultural and socio-economic regions.
In recent years weathering has begun to appear as an essay style question as well as a short question. In this lesson Dan covers the most commonly asked agents of mechanical weathering - freeze thaw action and exfoliation.
3. Mass Movement
Here Dan discusses how we classify mass movements. He also covers the many short questions on mass movements such as soil creep, mudflows, rockfalls and debris avalanches.
4. Glacial Erosion
In this video Dan addresses one of the most difficult topics in physical geography - glaciation. The various types of glacier are explained as are the processes and landforms produced by glacial erosion of the landscape.
5. Seismic Activity
In this video Dan explain the factors that cause an earthquake to occur and goes through the most common leaving certificate short questions on seismic activity.
Weather is almost a guaranteed short question at higher level. In this video Dan explains the key terms of atmospheric pressure, isobars, depressions, anticyclone and much more.
Structure of Leaving Cert Geography Higher Exam 2021
Marks 320 marks for the written exam and 100 marks for the Geographical Investigation
The Written Exam
Time - Two hours and 50 minutes
Part One - Short - Answer Questions – 80 Marks
Candidates must attempt this part.
Part Two - Candidates must attempt THREE questions from the sections below.
Candidates cannot attempt three questions from the same section.
Candidates may choose two questions from the same section.
Section 1 – Patterns and Processes in the Physical Environment (Questions 1-3)
Section 2 – Regional Geography (Questions 4-6)
Section 3 – Electives (Questions 7-12)
Section 4 – Options (Questions 13-24)